Wish I had owned that trademark
Remember back when there were a ton of Xbox rumors, but nothing was
official? About that time, a little company in Florida changed their name to
X-box Technologies and registered the trademark. Either they then sued
Microsoft, or the reverse happened. In any case, the case was eventually
settled, with Microsoft ending up with the rights to use the Xbox name and
to hold on to xbox.com; one assumes that X-box Technologies got a fair
amount of cash out of the deal.
This is pretty much the story as I remember it, too. Now watch closely as I post something on the Xbox without disparaging
Despite all this, I'm a big fan of emulation
I'm no lawyer, but let me still take a few shots at you.
" 90% of all things emulation related are illegal. "
Whaaaaaaat? Better check on that again. It has been determined in
court many times that "emulation" is legal.
On a side note, 42% of all statistics are made up.
"Fan translations aren't, under certain conditions."
They're fully legal, yes. Like you said, as long as you don't
distribute the ROM itself. Translation patches have nothing illegal
about them. However...
"Downloading a patched translated ROM is illegal. "
Not exactly. If you happen to own the cart or whatever, it is legal.
You are allowed to download ROM images for games you own, translated
" Once something has been officially translated however, as I
understand it, it's no longer legal for fans to do their own
Are you really certain about this? This does happen, actually. For
example, there is a fan translation of Phantasy Star 2, which
contains better grammar and the like, than the original cart itself.
I haven't heard of Sega suing those fans, yet.
Finally, there's the difference between illegal and immoral. While
it is technically illegal to download old 8-bit and 16-bit console
games, no one seems to care too much and thus it is easy for anyone
to find something like Phantasy Star and play it on their PC.
"Emulation GOOD! Spinach BAD!"
- Chief Ug
This was the most accurate letter on the subject that I got. However, there are still a few points I want to make. There are qute a few
"grammar" patches available for games, but just because the creators of these aren't getting sued doesn't make
it legal. Companies probably just don't see it worth their time and effort to go after these people. Of course, this
doesn't make it illegal, either. More than likely there's not a legal precedent yet for cases like this.
To try to dispel some of the crap people believe in:
1) It is NOT legal to download a ROM for 24 hours if you don't own the game.
This doesn't make any sense whatsoever, and is just an invention of ROM sites to try to legitimize what they're doing.
2) Commercial ROMs aren't anywhere near old enough to be considered "public domain," so don't even try that argument.
3) Just because you see a site distributing these things doesn't mean it's allowed to be there. ROM sites are shut down
all the time. In fact, from what I understand, it's more illegal to distribute these things than it is to actually have
them on your computer.
What a roundabout way of asking a question
^_^ Hi! Me again!
I just recently starting posting some stories on another website ((GameFaqs))
that doesn't deal just with RPGs. And it doesn't have to be in a certain
format. I have a story about Secret of Mana ((but the story isn't finished))
but then I realized it needed to be in a different file. >_<
Anyway, you asked me to be specific on a console. Well, I only have a PS2
right now. My older brother has the N64. And I was wondering if you could
give me any suggestions on a good RPG.
Anyway, I'm just writing this e-mail because you're my favorite
guy/person/thing ((Still have no gender?)). And, because RPGamer is my
favorite site. ^_^ ((Did we ever talk before? I think we did.))
You have possibly the worst combination of consoles for RPGs. For the N64, I highly recommend Paper Mario. Despite being
sorta childish, it's still a very good game. I hear Ogre Battle 64 is pretty good, too. As for the PS2...well, you're
SOL for finding a good RPG. Sorry.
Y'know, we do have FAQs on the site...
Alright, first off, I finally beat FF9. Great game, good endind. Second, I went and saw Final Fantasy: The Spirits within. Not a bad movie, though I found it to be allitle drawn out in story.
Anyways, here is my actual question.
Okay, I am in the middle of Chrono Cross (well, almost) and I am in Home World's Water Dragon Isle. I have tried to beat that damn Hi-Ho Tank about four times, and obviously, I can't beat it! How do I do it? And is there any spacific characters I should use? I have been using Kid, Serge and Razzly. Basically, whos should I switch Kid with? I have quite afew characters (Nikki, Pip, Mojo, Lucia, Mel, Grecco (or whatever his name is) and a few others.
So, can you help me?
I don't remember this battle being all that hard. Take out the two little dwarves next to the tank first, so they can't
heal it. After that just keep your HP up, and since the tank is innately yellow, use a lot of green elements. As for who
you put in your party, it doesn't really matter. I had Kid in my party as much as possible, but Mojo was there a nice bit
too (because he just looks so funny with that nail).
Lots of continuing threads today
FYI, Square USA's staff was layed off when Square made the jump from the
SNES to the PSX (and Redmond to LA). They didn't quit. Some of those
employees formed a new company (now known as Craveyard) which was bought
out by Crave.
FF7's translation was so awkward because it was localized by SCEA. You
know, the great writers that brought you Legend of Legaia, Legend of
Dragoon, and Wild Arms 2. ;)
And as for PS2 games that aren't short or shallow... Gran Turismo 3, Dark
Cloud, Kessen, Ring of Red, and Armored Core 2 come immediately to mind.
-Nick, who will buy any game that features Scratch 'n Sniff
Ah yes, Craveyard. Makers of one of the worst RPGs ever, Shadow Madness. The only game I played where the "miss"
percentage in battle was around 95%.
Some questions are really easy
Dear Whoever Volunteers
Surrender your piles of money or I will do this:
Maybe next time.
1)Do you have info on Skies of Arcadia 2
You have everything I have, which is a whole lotta nothing.
Nor do I.
3)is there any way to get Playstation games that were released a few years back
ps:I am the king of the penguins!
Yes. It's called going to a store and looking where they keep the PlayStation games.
It's really not that bad
You mean....the Spirits within movie does not have ANYTHING to do with
That Blows !!!
I mean....I know the people change from game to game, even though they
use names like "cid" over again, and I figured this was the case when I
saw the trailers and commercials, but I was atleast expecting to see a
chocobo or a moogle, or someone summon Buhumut or Ifrit. Something to
link it to the game series.
But now I hear it has nothing to do with the games at all. It's just
another Si-Fi Cartoon thingy. And they used the "Final Fantasy" words to
lead me into thinking these things so I would go spend my hard earned
cash on their frickin movie instead of maybe getting a game.
NOW I'M TICKED!!!
( i turn around to my wife)
honey.....where's my sword?
Actually, there is a Cid (er...Sid) in the movie. And while the story doesn't have anything to do with the games
(just as none of the stories of the games have anything to do with each other), it just feels like a Final Fantasy story
when you watch it. It's nothing I can really put into words, but the motivations of the characters, the settings, and the
storyline (not to mention the eye candy) reek of Square. Also, it's not a cartoon. And I'm a bit confused about your complaint
about the price. I pay $6 for a movie, and $40 for a game...I'm not exactly blowing my bank account by going to see
their "frickin movie."
Okay, now I'm confused....
I remember reading on the Q&A that Hoshigami would be coming out on
the first of next month.... but ebworld.com says that it won't be
released until october 1st. Please don't tell me I have to wait
another month and a half for this game... =(
I feel your pain. Hoshigami was the next game I was looking forward to buying, but now I have to wait. I suggest you
do what I do when something like this happens:
cry myself to sleep grin and bear it.
Yes, we need more female-only casts
Actually, the SNES version of Rayearth was a standard turn-based RPG. The SNES version was a: much longer, b: had a better written script. Though it lacked the pretty anime cutscenes the Saturn version boasted. And to actually put an end to this argument, there IS a RPG out there with an all female ONLY cast: Nage Libre. It plays like a tactics game, but the battles use cards!! Very fun! I picked up the SFC cart at my local Toys 'n Joys (www.toysnjoys.com) . Kind of a shallow storyline but being able to change costumes during battle is cool ^^;;.
I rather enjoyed the Saturn Rayearth game, and I find it hard to believe that the Working Designs script was inferior
to whoever did the SNES version. As for Nage Libre, never played it.
I haven't found a bug yet, myself
There was a news item about some announcement from
Square about Final Fantasy Chronicles some time ago.
Does anyone know what that was about? It seems to have
(Sorry about the essay answer for my last email)
When I bought my copy of FFC they replaced the discs in the original package with new ones, so I'm under the impression
that they're dealing with the problem of the bad discs quietly.
I never got SotN either, so don't feel that bad
Yesterday, I went down to my local FuncoLand and asked about two
games: CastleVania: Symphony of the Night, and Tales of Destiny.
...Yes, I did know trying to find the former would be a wild
goosechase; however, I did get my grubby hooves on Tales of Destiny.
I was chatting in #rpgamer about the value of the game, and someone
mentioned that the game itself wasn't really valuable, but that
there might be different versions of the game (IE, there's different
characters on each CD). Is this correct? Or do you know?
Moux Cow Petau
It's possible that there's different character art on the CDs. I don't know if this was done for ToD, but I'm pretty
sure the PSX version of Lunar has this, uh, feature.
Online = not good
Hey, i wanted to know something about ff11, why does the game have to be
online to play...i mean i only want to play the game not get online and play
it or chat with other people, i'm a big fan of all final fantasy's and i love
all games by square...but i was wondering did you have to be online just to
play it? plus, i'm scared that something could happen to my PS2 if i did get
it hooked up to online, please write back..
I believe that FF11 is to be completely online, and I agree that this is a bad thing. But I'm going to wait and
see, and hopefully be happily surprised to find my fears were misplaced. Don't worry about anything bad happening
to your PS2 when going online, though. Things like virii and such won't be able to make it explode, so go online
What's with all these people calling me Google?
Hey! Hey! Google!
I actually have some questions, after all this time! Okay. The first one is:
I was looking at amazon.com as well as other online vendors, and I have seen
that you can get 3 to 5 used rpg's for the price of one new one. (LoM,
Vagrant Story, Saga Frontier 2, and BoF3 to name a few) Should these people
be trusted? Is it too good to be true?
I've never had a problem buying things online, and I've been doing it for a while. You can usually find a better deal
online than in a retail store. The thing is, you just have to use common sense. If you buy from a big name, like EB or
Amazon, then you have nothing to worry about. However, if you give your credit card number to some AOL homepage that
disappears a day later, then you might have a problem.
And my second is: Is the music played
in the FF piano collections the same as in the music books you buy online? I
am led to believe the answer is no. But is there any way you can get the
sheet music in the piano collections cd?
Kuh-yee piar ni ma? (I know, it's bad, bad mandarin chinese)
The Piano Collections originally came with sheet music for those specific CDs, so if you're buying something else, the
answer is the separate stuff is probably not the same. However, I'm positive that there are sites that have scans of
the PC sheet music, so do a little searching.